It is a massive advantage when you have a manager like Rafa Benitez.

Whatever happens in the 90 minutes, the Newcastle boss knows that through experience you shouldn’t go over the top in the aftermath of the game, at least certainly not in public.

Win, lose, or draw, Rafa Benitez stays calm and gives a measured reaction to any game.

If Newcastle win, he will of course talk about the positives in the game , but he’ll also mention things that still can be improved upon.

If Newcastle lose, the United boss will honestly talk about any mistakes or shortcomings from his players, but will also have positives from the game to balance things up.

As for a draw, once again Rafa will not go overboard either way, instead he will chat about what went right and wrong.

The Newcastle Manager stating ‘It should have been a great game, with three points, and that should have been it…but it’s something that can happen when you make mistakes, especially in the Premier League.’

We carried a bit of luck when beating Man Utd and it went against us at Bournemouth, maybe after 24 years without a Premier League win at Anfield this will be when the luck goes our way…

Rafa Benitez:

“It is always difficult when you have a team that is pushing at home.

“But we had the chances to finish the game and didn’t do it, we have to improve on that.

“We were I think in control of the game and had a clear idea of how to do things.

“They didn’t have too many chances, I would say that the (Shelvey) chance that we missed and then the goal they scored quickly after, that changed everything.

“After that, we lost control. We have lost two points.

“We missed a chance, we conceded a goal, and then we lost the control we’d had for 70 minutes.

“It’s important for us to learn quickly that in these situations, we have to manage things in a better way.

“It should have been a great game, with three points, and that should have been it.

“But it’s something that can happen when you make mistakes, especially in the Premier League.

“We had a couple of chances to score the third goal, but then we made two mistakes and we conceded two goals.

“In the end, they were pushing with corners and crosses and it was very difficult for us.

“Everybody is disappointed, especially him (Jonjo Shelvey) because he knows it was a good chance.

“It’s something that can happen, the important thing is to make sure that the team remains as strong as it was in the first half.

“We had control for most of the second half, and the good thing is that we continued to create chances.

“We did a lot of things right but we didn’t win the game.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Bournemouth 2 Newcastle 2


Newcastle: Gayle 17 and 45+1

Bournemouth: Smith 80 Gosling 89

Possession was Bournemouth 64% Newcastle 36%

Total shots were Bournemouth 18 Newcastle 15

Shots on target were Bournemouth 5 Newcastle 4

Corners were  Bournemouth 8 Newcastle 1

Referee: Roger East

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie (Manquillo 84) , Diame, Shelvey, Kenedy (Atsu 64), Gayle (Hayden 78), Perez

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Clark, Merino, Joselu

Crowd: 10,808 (Approx Newcastle 1,400)

(Instinct reaction from NUFC fans/writers to the match HERE)

(Eddie Howe reaction to the game HERE)

(Rafa defends his substitutions after later Newcastle collapse – Read HERE)

(Give us your player ratings HERE)

(Alan Shearer accentuates the Jonjo Shelvey positives – Read HERE)

  • Leazes.

    Is this the world we live in now?….’positives’, ‘we gotta have positives’ when we lose or it goes pear shaped?

    …’Mark Jensen got onto me and said find three positives’! Mark Douglas told me to find ‘five things we learned’…. or ‘the good news to come out of this setback is…’

    ….it fills up the space where intelligence used to be, lazy journalism, but worst of all it is ‘SPIN’…. it is lying. Would Pardew have been afforded backing by finding three things to ‘balance out’ selling players…. well from Ryder and Co. obviously the answer is yes…. but from a fan site born out of actually seeking to find that alternative voice, is it needed more than ever!

    If it isn’t enough for the authors to act as trolls on their own website in order to bump up hits, we are now engaged in spin, and the alternative voice has all but been reduced to a whisper!

    I know one thing that I’ve learned (not five) from Mr Jensen’s behaviour, it is he is very keen to wind-up the readership of the Mag!

    Grow up Mark!

  • steve

    Rafa’s right, we were in clear control; until his disgusting substitutions handed Bournemouth the initiative and destroyed the shape of our team.

    • Leazes.


      • MichaelMaximusMoose


      • steve

        Not wrong though.

      • Mrkgw

        Cripes Leazes, bit strong. 😖

  • Mitros gotta start

    Says something when the worst perfomance of the match came from the manager

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    I`m afraid it`s the same patter after every game we drop points in, work harder & fix the problems, well 28 games in & that hasn`t worked has it.
    the problems are there due to lack of quality & some very strange tactical decisions. if we can`t beat the lower teams when 2 up with 20 mins to go you just gotta be a bit worried

    • Mrkgw

      Yes Moose, the record keeps hitting the same old scratch time and time again. When will Rafa learn? If we were bossing that game, why adopt the continental approach and sit back? It invited Bournemouth to play and to gain confidence. Same old, same old and I hope that it doesnt cost us a place in this league.


    The Cult of Rafa continues unabated with their faultless depiction of an otherwise insufferably negative manager. You can bemoan all you like about missed chances, but the fact stands that at 0-2 up, the effect of his defensive substitutions was instantaneous and Bournemouth took advantage.

    • Mrkgw

      Well said. I don’t enjoy aiming criticism Rafas way but he is deserving of it at the moment. Poor decisions tactically and in terms of his handling of certain players – Mitro being one in particular. Even Colback who I didn’t necessarily rate. But, what a cheap and unclassy way to treat a seasoned pro by placing him with the youth set up. Some of the faithful don’t take kindly to these criticisms but, football is a game of opinions and always will be.